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New Cancun policing strategy shows improvements since June

Cancun, Q.R. — More than 60 Cancun police officers have been relieved of duty since June when the city brought in a new police chief.

At a recent press conference, Darwin Puc Acosta municipal secretary of Public Security, said that since June, at least 60 municipal police officers have been discharged with others still under investigation.

Puc Acosta explained that 16 of those police officers were discharged for bad behavior, while others requested their leave when greater control measures were put into place by the new chief. The remaining officers in question have pending rulings by the Commission of Honor, most of whom are accused of extorting citizens.

He also notes that since June, crime figures for Cancun have reflected a decrease in numbers with the reinforcement of patrols. There are 105 units operating in Transit, Tourist Police, Preventive and Auxiliary branches.

“People of the City Council say that there are 380 patrols in Benito Juárez, but they include vehicles that are no longer service,” he explained.

“There are approximately 150 vehicles operating, not counting motorcycles” he continued. “Of these, 105 are operating today. The others are not operational, there are administrative vehicles, there is a school bus from the academy, there is a vehicle that is used for medical service.”

There are 1,300 operative police officers divided into three shifts and three sectors, but more are required, so a new recruitment is already being contemplated.

He insisted that security in Cancun “is a matter of perception,” because it is below the national average, but it is magnified because “seeing an executed person on the street causes some impact.”

Since the arrival of the new patrols, crimes have been reduced by 37 percent in El Crucero, by 46 percent in the Hotel Zone and 30 percent in the problematic residential region of 259.